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It is now summer, and as I looked around, I realized that my girls and I can not make our weekly trips to the library anymore.

Technically, we can go to the library. Ours is open now.

When you homeschool on a budget, like our family, you depend on those free resources.

I thank God that over the years, many people have generously donated to support our homeschool. Because of this, it’s our passion to support others. We love the feel of trading materials that others can use for theirs, and giving away things that we no longer need, but another homeschool family can benefit from.

As I looked around my library, I realized that it’s time to buy some new “good” reads. I love when my girls get to explore a variety of books. I love to see them sprawled out on the couch, upside down reading, or laying lazily on our porch swings, arms draped down, feet hanging to the side, reading.'s Faith reading a book.
We love Piggy and Elephant for Faith

It makes me so happy to know that we have sparked this delight in them.

Ever since they were babies, we read to them. They loved hearing us read and act everything out. I always changed my voice to suit the character. Fitting for me since I am a very animated momma!

I am always looking for more Christian book selections, and black authors. Now that my daughters are nearly ten and eight years old, they love to dive into books with characters they can relate too, that they can feel connected with.

As I read through this list, I thought, hey, these books are also perfect for the summer! Hence my title.

This list looks promising, and the prices for these books are not all that bad. So if you are budgeters like us, check out this list. I have included books for preschoolers, all the way to high school.

I love some of these so much! Here are a few of my choices plus some:

Let me know which ones you liked, and would purchase for your kids or teens.

074833: The Orphan"s Wish The Orphan’s Wish
By Melanie Dickerson

Aladdin knows he’s out of his league when he meets Kirstyn—the daughter of a duke and the patroness of his orphanage. But he’s determined to use his scrappy skills and intelligence to win her hand. When he goes off to seek his fortune, she becomes vulnerable to greedy suitors. Can he rescue her? 320 pages, hardcover from Nelson.
564346: #1: The Eagle #1: The Eagle
By Rosemary Sutcliff

Now a major motion picture!

The Ninth Legion marched off into Britain, and disappeared completely. Marcus’ father led this legion of men and he is determined to discover what happened to them. But will Marcus manage to return from a mission that is so dangerous, nobody else has returned?
721437: The Healer"s Apprentice #1 The Healer’s Apprentice #1
By Melanie Dickerson

An imaginative and romantic retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty! When Rose, a young woodcutter’s daughter, falls in love with the village ruler, their relationship is complicated by a curse. Will their shared faith enable them to follow God’s will for their lives—even if his plans don’t include a happy ending? 272 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
760665: Losing Brave Losing Brave
By Bailee Madison

In Losing Brave by Bailee Madison and Stefne Miller, more than a year has passed since seventeen-year-old Payton Brave’s twin sister went missing; and Payton, in her desperate attempt to hold on to what’s left of Dylan’s memory, is starting to crack. Lost in the mystery and turmoil of her sister’s disappearance, Payton must overcome the aftermath of being the one left behind. She’s unable to remember even the smallest piece of what happened the day Dylan vanished. When sudden and reckless outbursts throw her from the graces of popularity to the outskirts of high school society, her new status attracts a crowd of friends she never anticipated—including a troubling romance with her sister’s boyfriend, Cole.

New clues unearth about the circumstances of her disappearance when another missing girl’s body is recovered from a nearby lake, the victim’s features eerily similar to Dylan’s. The more Payton pries open the clenches of her blocked memories, yielding to her need to know what happened, the further down the path of danger she goes. The darkness around her sister’s disappearance grows and the truth becomes more and more unbearable. And what she finds might just cost her her life. Softcover edition.

Happy Reading!

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